I have hunch you are, nope who is replying hatefully to all who answer but I'll take a go at this using an example of what happened to my abusers.
I didn't have the courage to report things till it was way too late to even start a case. But, the police who I spoke to told me I could submit a report of telling what this guy did to me. She took down what I said and I signed it. She told me if anyone came and reported abuse/rape by the same guy then I might be able to tell my story publically. I'm not sure what all that meant but she said it would help give me closure.
I personally think just going to the police and reporting it to an official helped a lot. It's been 10 years since I've done this but I still have hope just maybe one day someone else will come forward. I was told they had similar reports by girls who were also attacked and raped for months by this guy. The name I gave was different and the story was just slightly changed but they were very similar. The picture I came up with also matched the guy they reported. So with my report on file, those girls reports on file I have hope one day someone he has attacked will be able to come forward before time is up and he will get charged. But, as others said it will be the DA who does this, not the girls, they are one who starts the process.
I hope this helps.
stalked and raped for months by a guy I met when I was 17. It took me about 10yrs to come forward and go to the local police. By then it was to late to do anything legally.
· 8 months ago